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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover yesterday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara on Saturday. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

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Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

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Comment by booklover on April 26, 2013 at 3:26pm

Steph, I love that cat in the same pose as the drawing!  How cute. :)

Cool Patricia about your astronaut!

Ruth, it really is disconcerting when you can't see like you usually do!  Now that I've quit wearing contacts, I'm always setting my glasses down and losing them.  Time for a check-up, and I want to get 2 pairs.

It's sunny here, so feeling happy.  Have a good weekend Friends!~ Melinda

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on April 26, 2013 at 7:14am

Islam is spreading throughout the world.

Ludwig Von 88 - Dans le jardin d'Allah

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 25, 2013 at 11:30pm

Napoleon Bonaparte.  The Evolution of God is great! Thanks for the Dog shows Humanity video too. I could have done without the cigarette ad, though. I think there are many anecdotes of dogs showing “humanity”, empathy and concern.

Joan, your Ramallah concert link gave me an ad.

Good point about how sports can lead to working together, Ian.

Cute LOLcat, Steph. That’s just what we do, live around our cats. Though I do “explain” that the recliner is mine from time to time.

Good luck with finals Megan and Steph.

Patricia, thanks for the astronaut video.

I had a strange day. During breakfast my glasses fell apart. That upset our routine. Got it repaired a couple of hours later. It felt peculiar  to miss reading the news, like walking around with a little hole in my brain all day. At least I could tell it was a lovely sunny day despite the blurring.

Comment by Steph S. on April 25, 2013 at 10:23pm

Comment by Patricia on April 25, 2013 at 10:23pm

Our Canadian astronaut is on Twitter.....

Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield Verified account

@Cmdr_Hadfield

Canadian Astronaut, currently living in space aboard ISS as Commander of Expedition 35.

Orbiting Earth on ISS · http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/default.asp

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 25, 2013 at 10:14pm

Napoleon, thanks for the link to the review of de Waal's The Bonobo and the Atheist.

I fear its final point, that the idea of humankind being in any way special or separate from the rest of the animal kingdom is surely dead, won't penetrate the ideology that xians use to protect their ignorance.

Comment by booklover on April 25, 2013 at 7:20pm

Good luck on your final exams Steph and Megan!!! :)

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 25, 2013 at 2:47pm

I love the cat and dog pictures, that is heart warming.

It's final exams for me too Steph, I feel the pain T.T

Best of rational thinking to you!

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on April 25, 2013 at 2:35pm

Chinese Cannibalism

When Chinese cannibal Zhang Yongming was executed, it was for murder, but his acts go far beyond just killing. Yongming ate his victims. He also dried and cured the leftover human flesh and sold it in the southwestern village market of Kunming as ostrich meat, according to Hong Kong newspaper The Standard.

Chinese Cannibal Dried, Cured & Sold Human Flesh

Comment by Steph S. on April 25, 2013 at 11:41am

Thank you very much Ian. : )

 

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